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The Polio Pioneer

Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Author Linda Elovitz Marshall
Illustrator Lisa Anchin

Publisher ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers

August 18, 2020

ISBN-10: 0525646523

ISBN-13: 978-0525646518

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“As a child, I couldn’t go to movies or swim in ponds for fear of polio. Then, Dr. Salk developed the vaccine! He has always been one of my heroes. Thank you, Dr. Salk.


P.S. When I began writing this book in 2016, I had no idea how timely it would be. I pray this book helps…that we have a vaccine soon…and that the horror of COVID-19 is soon a thing of the past."    



Learn about the importance of vaccines and the scientific process through the fascinating life of world-renowned scientist Jonas Salk, whose pioneering discoveries changed the world forever.

Dr. Jonas Salk is one of the most celebrated doctors and medical researchers of the 20th century. The child of immigrants who never learned to speak English, Jonas was struck by the devastation he saw when the soldiers returned from battle after WWII. Determined to help, he worked to become a doctor and eventually joined the team that created the influenza vaccine. But Jonas wanted to do more. As polio ravaged the United States--even the president was not immune!--Jonas decided to lead the fight against this terrible disease. In 1952, Dr. Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, which nearly eliminated polio from this country. For the rest of his life, Dr. Salk continued to do groundbreaking medical research at the Salk Institute, leaving behind a legacy that continues to make the world a better place every day.

This compelling picture book biography sheds light on Dr. Salk's groundbreaking journey and the importance of vaccination.

First COVID Vaccine.

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